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Welcome to The Restaurant at Mercato. Join us in an authentic Italian experience in our open kitchen concept restaurant. We offer a wide array of traditional dishes and a bustling dining atmosphere!!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Been here a few times, and I've never had anything that's blown me away. I had battered cuttlefish for an appetizer, and the batter was undercooked and mushy. The pasta course was excellent, but my main (fish crusted with fennel) was underwhelming. I gave 3 stars because my friend loved what he ordered but if it were just me, it would have been 2 stars. Our server seemed distracted. Made a minor error with our drink order, was attentive through the first 2 courses then just seemed to disappear. It took us 20 minutes to get the bill, then another 15 minutes before he came back to run our credit card through."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Our table wasn't ready when we arrived although we had a reservation. When asked the hostess if she could seat us somewhere else and she was very rude to us and told us NO even though there were other tables available. Our server hardly spoke to us and didn't crack a smile the entire time. After he gave us our bill he never returned to our table to offer us more water although we stayed for another 45 minutes. He seemed like he just wanted us to leave. The food was mediocre at best. I will not be going back to the restaurant again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food and service at this restaurant is awesome the only thing that ruins it is the hostess. The first time they told us it would be a 45min,only to have the hostess to call me back 10 min later and tell me there is a table available. This time my wife had a torn back muscle and they seated us at a bar table, so she was uncomfortable. I asked if we could sit at a normal table but the hostess told us that it was reserved and that the person specifically asked for that table. I had also made a reservation and couldn’t choose what table I sat at. After about an hour I looked at the table of 6 that I asked to sit at and the hostess had pulled the table apart and sat a group of 3 and 4 in 2 separated tables."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Great service, wonderful food, vibrant energy, casual and fun."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were sitting right in front of the cooking area do it was a bit hot there, but it was awesome watching the chefs at work, especially when it came to the double cut 24 ounce steak! Great service and good wine list."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Always a great experience. The staff and food make it unique and I would highly recommend for a great date night."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Very loud and full of life. Not the greatest place to have good conversation. Menu a bit confusing. Waiter helped us but we still ended up with something that we didn't expect. They did credit our bill though but seemed annoyed that we didn't understand the menu. Didn't feel rushed. Food was excellent. Have been there before. Food is always great but I would prefer quieter place."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Absolutely fantastic service and great food however since they have changed their menu to the new summer menu it seems as though portion sizes are smaller. I've been to mercato before and ordered the same number of dishes and have had to pack food up because we didn't eat it all. This time around we ate everything and left a bit hungry......"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We had a lunch here recently with our two children and really enjoyed every moment. The waitress was friendly, extremely efficient and knowledgeable and gave really good advice with our menu choices. The food was excellent and we will definitely be going back again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food and atmosphere. Ask for a seat a the counter by the kitchen"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Mercator mission has really good food, but is a very loud restaurant. The service was great! Still a place to check out! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Consistently good quality food - best with multiple courses shared family style. The bisteca was done to perfection. Love the open kitchen and being able to watch the cooking and seeing different entrees being served."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Another awesome Mercado experience. Our waiter took care of all our needs impeccably. Our family style meal was top notch! A little taste of Italy in downtown Calgary. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "We came as a group celebrating a b'day and the service was very good attentive personal and the food amazing. If you want a quiet evening not the place to come."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Took the family for a birthday dinner. Food, service, wine selection was excellent. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "It was our first experience at Mercato's and we were seated at the Italian Style counter across from the cooks and grill. There was only 2 of us and we were side by side which was fine. It was interesting to watch the cooks. After a while, it did get pretty warm and my husband was hit by salt flying off the grill. The waiter explained the menu and it was an interesting concept, choosing one item from each category. It would of been nicer to have more people so we could of tried more dishes. The pasta was excellent as well as the bruschetta and tiramisu. I would definitely go back with a group of people."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Loved everything about this place! Have been here before and always enjoyed it. I just had a birthday lunch there and was greeted with warmth! Thank you, victor!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "As usual excellent food. Wine list is on the expensive side."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our steak was overdone and when we complained, the cook took umbrage and challenged us. We got a new one, but after some frustrating banter with our waiter. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "This place would be fantastic if you could actually hear what your dining companions had to say. The recent renovation created many more seats...and that much more noise. There is no sound dampening and everyone I've brought here to enjoy a meal has said they will not return because of the noise. Reservationists were absolutely wonderful and flexible - could not have been nicer - but servers can be a bit surly. The place is always packed so clearly I'm in the minority of people who want a dining experience which leaves their hearing and voice intact. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Dedicated to delivering an authentic Italian experience, with each course we were engaged in the history, flavours and all that is Italian about food, wine and celebration."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "All the food was heavily salted and had aggressive amounts of oil. Service was like deli service-not smooth. Wine list was their own stock and lacked variety from other parts of the world, .....overall B- rating. Seems to be slipping and living off their laurels. OTIS"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Loved everything about this restaurant. Do make an reservation!! This place has very good service, the waiter was VERY knowledgeable and helpful picking out a wine pairing for our food, and really easy to talk to. The food was fresh and serving sizes were more than enough. The atmosphere was great, we really loved sitting at the bar overlooking the Chef's preparing our dishes. The market place was a great idea as well! Will definitely come back!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "In our group there was a lot of dietary restrictions and the waitress was very non-judgemental, patient and helpful in selecting a suitable meal and offered to make modifications to what is on the menu or even suggestions for things that were off the menu. We found this to be exceptional and had not had such a positive experience at any other restaurants like Mercato. The food was wonderful and satisfying. I would definitely recommend Mercato!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The restaurant was a bit on the expensive side, but The food and service was on-par with the prices so all in all it was a good experience."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I've always had great meals at Mercato's but was disappointed that their, fabulous, cauliflower dish was taken off the menu."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We celebrated my sister's birthday with Sunday lunch at Mercato . It was our first time. The food was great. Everyone enjoyed everything."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Another great experience at Mercato. Food and service were solid - and the atmoshere great for a business lunch. On a sunny day the patio kills!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I took my my family out for a Sunday lunch at Mercato. It was everyone's first time here and the food was amazing. The service was lacking big time in comparison to other restaurants we frequent. Our waiter seemed a bit bothered to have to be doing his job. We had tiramisu for dessert which was just ok but other than that everything was deliscious and we will defiantly be back and hopefully have a different waiter!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "food was adequate, not overly flavourful. appetizers arrived late -- after main course in fact and only after we asked on the whereabouts. service was very slow. honestly, better italian out there at any number of places. i like the take-out from mercato much better than in service food."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "What a mess, poor service, over cooked steak, mistake on the first course, over crowded, mistake on bill, very disappointed by what is normally one of my favorite places to eat in the city."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I loved the food but i almost snaped at our server she was rude and angry for no reason.she didnt listen to us and wasnt attentive at all."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have been to Mercato a number of times going back many years. This time was the last time for a while. From the hostess seating us at a seat that wasn't available, to the waiter screwing up our order, and the food not being anything special this was an underwhelming experience. And it is expensive. I would recommend if you plan on going out for a nice dinner, try another place. There are lots without the chip on their shoulder like Mercato seems to have."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Consistently good food-best eaten family style with multiple courses. Watching the open kitchen is bonus."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This was my first time at Mercato and we came as a group following a business meeting. The food came out really quick, our server provided great service, and the lively ambience of the venue made for a relaxed dining experience. The staff were really great at accommodating our reservation change when our meeting ran a bit long and made us run late. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Really enjoy our meals here, service and food are amazing."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Best Capriccio and Gnocchi I've ever had! Very loud I had to yell during my conversations."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "place is trendy and lively but way too loud... wine list is really good and Italian for real although pricey for the value.. food to be reviewed..i tried pappardelle with octopus and it was a completely wrong dish.. sand in the dish (octopus not well prepared) and spicy tomato sauce that i never saw in italy coupled with the octopus... but service is very good! and it s probably worth another try..meat looked good from far.."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Mercato offers a well rounded menu with many options. It was great as a communication tool for the people I dined with as they did not know each other! The orange almond gnocchi is AMAZING!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "My partner and I have been to Mercato many times, both for lunch and dinner. On a recent lunchtime visit I decided to try the risotto which was cooked to perfection. It was truly delicious. As a side dish, I ordered a very fresh baby kale and green apple salad. Although very good and well presented, it was a bit awkward to eat out of a very full small bowl. We asked our waiter to pair a wine with our menu selection and we were not disappointed with the Sardinian wine. Although table seating is available, at our request we were seated at the kitchen bar so we could watch the chefs at work. Always entertaining! For lack of time, we passed on dessert. But a very smooth espresso was an excellent way to end a very fine meal."
    Dined on 1/28/2014